Railroad puppy gets prosthetic paw

Posted at: 11/12/2012 11:16 AM
Updated at: 11/12/2012 6:06 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann


MENANDS - Hudson and Pearl were being normally rambunctious puppies at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Monday.

But it was no ordinary day. Hudson was getting a new paw, and even his doctor is a little nervous.

"The challenge is fitting this prosthetic in front of all you people hoping he likes it and doesn't chew it off initially," said Dr. Tom Bowersox, an Amsterdam veterinarian.

Hudson is one the three puppies found on railroad tracks in Albany back in September. Investigators said someone cut off Hudson's back paw and may have driven nails through the paws of two other dogs. One of the puppies died. Pearl is missing two toes. Police are still searching for who is behind it.

"We're still concerned because there's a scary person out there the person who did this not only is likely to harm other animals but is very likely to harm people," said Brad Shear, Executive Director at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

After an outpouring of donations, Shear and Dr. Tom Bowersox helped fit Hudson with a prosthetic paw.

The pit bull puppy was mostly calm through the process, then gingerly took a first few steps.

Once down on the ground, he praned around on all fours.

"WOO," exclaimed Dr. Bowersox. "I'm very happy with that I think that's very good I mean he started walking on it right away. He sits it well jumped up on the thing he doesn't even act like it bothers him, there's no chewing. I don't know how much more successful it could be."

The prosthesis is the final step before the puppies are ready to be adopted.

A $7,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The deadline to submit a short essay - up to 300 words - explaining why you'd like to adopt either puppy is midnight Monday, November 12.

Just send an email to: